Review Rise of Darkness
Visually exciting but mechanically boring fantasy combat
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 11 Jul 2017, tested on Samsung SM-G920F Galaxy S6
Neat graphics, exciting plot, simple controls
Too easy, very common, animation is a bit laggy
Rise of Darkness for Android is a smash and dash sort of combat game that takes place in a mythic realm you must protect. There's 5 different heroes you can play as, each with their own powers and abilities. The app has a really nice opening animation that explains what's what, and as is often the case with games like this, you are the lone warrior who can protect these lands and rid them of untold evils.
The app presents from an aerial point of view, looking down on the action below, and each hero is armed with what looks to be a 100 pound sword, yet they fling it around like it's nothing more than an ornate stick. Apparently steroids were prevalent even way back when, wherever and whenever this story takes place. The play involves running around various outdoor locales in search of mythic beasts to conquer, and you won't have to look far, because they materialize from the ground and come at you in droves. After conquering all the minions, it's time for a big boss fight, which can be exciting, even though mechanically, the game leaves much to be desired.
The visuals are of nice quality, but the longer you play, the more you realize it's just the same visual effect playing out on a highly repetitive loop. And what looks like killer animation at first glance, quickly reveals itself as little more than motion tracking on static images. The animation is decent, but lags often. The music is overbearing and grates on the nerves to the extreme.
Rise of Darkness is decent for what it is, but it looks like most every other game from this genre and brings nothing new or interesting to the table; it's competent, but wholly uninspired.